DJ Rekha is a producer, curator, and educator based in New York City. She is founder of Basement Bhangra™ and Bollywood Disco nights and co-founder of Mutiny Club night. She was named "Ambassador of Bhangra" by the New York Times.
Rekha and her frequent collaborator, Dave Sharma, performed their compositions at Chicago Symphony Hall for the Sinfonetta in 2015. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award-winning Broadway Show, Bridge and Tunnel, received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work on the play Rafta Rafta, and is associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, A Feet in Two Worlds.
Her debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra, was released in 2007 and, in 2009, she was inducted into the NYC People's Hall of Fame. Her record label, Beat Bazaar Music, issued its debut single release, Pyar Baile, worldwide in November 2011. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage, was a Grand Marshall of the 9th Annual NYC Dance Parade in 2015, and has performed internationally.
Kaur B has been killing it since her debut in 2013. Though her music is solid and standard fare, her standout track on Tigerstyle’s high tempo album Digi-Bang and her most recent duet with Diljit Dosanjh demonstrates she is no ordinary Kaur. The Beyond section traverses the globe with tracks from MALFKTION, Talal Qureshi, and a new from the Vancouver based label Snakes and Ladders.
Kicking off the Bhangra set with a classic ragamuffin tune from Bally Sagoo, DJ Rekha drops tracks from an array of producers who invoke the same vibe, plus Brooklyn based artist Krithi’s debut on the show and a new track from Vancouver based Khanvict.
Neha Kaka and Parmish Varma team up for a late summer smash, plus the beyond segment takes a cinematic trippy turn with bollywood sampled electronic tunes. Also a classic underground track by once Swaraj Crew producer Juttla.
The Bhangra set begins and ends with tracks from Diljit Dosanjh’s’ latest full length, album, humbly titled “The G.O.A.T.” The beyond set features a new collaboration from New York based artist Madlovely and Rolex Rasathy, and a remix by Indian producer SuReal of Saade Maut’s.
Dancehall vibes from Jags Klimax’s new track, plus DJ Rekha revisits a genre changing tune that does not get its due for changing the sonic landscape of Punjabi music. In the beyond segment, more from Ritviz.
Giddha Bounce – Jags Klimax
Raahi – Ritviz
Hoping to evoke a feeling of summer, DJ Rekha selects Latin infused tracks for the first segment, including a remix of Sharry Maan’s classic “3 Peg”. In the beyond portion of the show, with thoughts on the city and people of Beirut, DJ Rekha features Lebanese artists in solidarity.
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